Archive for September, 2011

Engineering Higher Ed

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Only two percent of college presidents have an Engineering degree – and yet, who do we look to when we need big problems solved? Engineers.

Maybe this will help.

Posture Photos

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Imagine you’re a “scientist”, deserving of the skeptical quotes surrounding the word, who thinks that body proportions are accurate predictors of someone’s personality, intelligence, and destiny.

Is there a better way to test it than by convincing the Ivy League to allow you to take thousands of nude photos of their incoming freshmen?

What a bizarre story.

Thoughts on Pats/Bills

Monday, September 26th, 2011

First of all, I’d just like to say, SUCK IT, LEGIONS OF ANNOYING BOSTON-AREA SPORTS FANS! From what I hear, the Red Sox are in the midst of an epic collapse, and Tom Brady just threw four interceptions to the Bills. Now if only Chara could develop bonitis, we’d be all set.

  • Like Dan said last week, the most encouraging thing about this season is that the Bills just don’t give up. They were down by fourteen, and quickly. The Jauron Bills would have packed it in and said “well, there’s always next week”. I don’t know how Chan has changed the culture in that locker room, but he sure has.
  • Our quarterback, top four receivers, starting running back, and tight end: free agent, 7th round, undrafted, undrafted, undrafted, undrafted, free agent. It’s a good thing the Bills personnel people are so good at finding free agents and late picks, but it’s unfortunate that they can’t seem to hit in the first three rounds.
  • We’ve got two first round picks left on our offense, right? Wood and Spiller?
  • And speaking of Spiller, I’m really not terribly impressed so far. I know, I know, they’re “not using him right”. Maybe “using him right” means giving him a set of Aaron Maybin Inactivewear and having him fetch Gatorade for Fred Jackson and Johnny White.
  • Ha ha, four interceptions.

Looks like my predictions for this year aren’t even close. On the up side, they’re 3-0 when I expected 1-2.

Paint Rub

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I was washing the Subie yesterday and noticed that there’s some paint scraping on one side of the bumper; looks like someone rubbed against it with a light blue car. Anyone have suggestions for the best way to clean it off?

Jury Duty

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

So, for the first time in my sixteen years here in Buffalo, I got called up for jury duty. I had a number in the high 600s, so I didn’t have to go in until yesterday morning.

The facilities aren’t bad – magazines, free wifi, a riveting orientation film starring Ed Bradley. But after they said we were there to fill out a jury for a criminal trial, I started racking my brain for upcoming trials that I’d seen in the paper. Would it be arson? Violent crime? Would I be identified by someone in the courtroom and shot in the face when I took the kids to a playground? I’m not exactly inconspicuous, you know. My goodness, I was putting my whole family at risk just by being in this building!

Then they called us into a selection room and told us that the trial had been called off, thanks for your service, go home and we’ll call you again in seven years.

I need to stop watching crime shows.

Thoughts on Raiders/Bills

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Holy hell. What a game.

I Like Ike

Friday, September 16th, 2011

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

— President Eisenhower

Lots can change in six decades.

That’s Our Byron!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Historically, the only names that are painted on the sides of fire trucks in the Nickel City are those of firefighters who have given their lives in service to their fellow citizens. And, of course, our self-aggrandizing empty suit of a mayor. It’s not bad enough that he slaps his name all over street signs and park signs and everything else the city touches?

New Receiver

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The receiver I use to hook my TV to some speakers finally gave up the ghost – here’s the replacement I got from a friend. Pimpin’ ain’t easy.

Thoughts on Bills/Chiefs

Monday, September 12th, 2011

A few thoughts on the Bills’ season opener,a beautiful 41-7 beatdown of the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.

  • I love autumn. The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, and Terrence McGee’s spun-glass hamstring is injured three plays into the new season. Ah, tradition.
  • Beautiful catch at the edge of the end zone by Stevie Johnson. He’s got some serious leaping ability.
  • The run defense looked spectacular, though I’m more than a little worried about Merriman’s apparent shoulder injury.
  • I’m impressed that Matt Cassel lasted the whole game. I thought Dareus would finish cracking that rib for him some time in the first quarter.
  • I don’t know why I thought the Chiefs would be tougher at home. Apparently part of my brain still thinks it’s 1995, and that Arrowhead is a tough place for opposing teams. On the note, loved the NBC camera shot of cars streaming out of the parking lot at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
  • What the hell is a tight end, and why haven’t we been using one in our passing game for the last ten years?
  • Fitz is the man, at least for the next few seasons. No, he doesn’t have a cannon for an arm like Losman or Vick. But it doesn’t matter. The Pats have the most boring dink-and-dunk offense in the league, and it’s effective. You can win games with a smart quarterback and a short to intermediate passing attack, and that’s what the Bills did yesterday.
  • Brad Smith needs to be a more credible passing threat, or opposing defenses are just going to keep crowding the line when he’s taking snaps.